COVID-19 DDS Directives

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Click here to visit the DDS Regional Center Directives page that includes COVID-19 related directives. Many of the directives are now available in Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), American Sign Language (ASL) and in audio format on the DDS site.


DDS Directives:

Waiver of Self-Determination Program Budget Restrictions for Financial Management Services (November 19, 2020)

Guidance Regarding Reporting Requirements for Alternative Nonresidential Services (November 10, 2020)

Enclosure - Alternative Nonresidential Services Sample Survey

Extension of Waivers, Modifications, and Directives (October 28, 2020)

Update on Monthly Rates for Alternative Nonresidential Services (October 28, 2020)

Extension of Waivers, Modifications, and Directives (October 7, 2020)

Waiver of Half Day Billing Requirements for Day Services (October 2, 2020) 

Extension of Waivers, Modifications, and Directives (September 2, 2020)

Policies and Procedures for Utilizing Alternative Nonresidential Services During the COVID-19 State of Emergency (August 31, 2020) - No expiration date; effective until rescinded

Enclosure – Certification of Alternative Nonresidential Services

Day Services for Consumers at High Risk for Serious Illness Due to COVID-19 (August 10, 2020) - No expiration date; effective until rescinded

Extension of Waivers, Modification, and Directives due to COVID-19 (August 10, 2020)
-Extension of 3/12/20 directive regarding Early Start in-person meetings and remote services, Lanterman Act in-person meetings, and health and safety waiver exemptions,
-Amendments to and extension of 3/18/20 directive regarding day program services, consumer rights complaints and HCBS self-assessment services
-Amendment to and extension of 3/25/20 directive regarding in-home respite workers 
-Extension of 3/30/20 directive regarding additional participant-directed services
-Amendments to and extension of 4/15/20 directive regarding vendor fiscal audits and HCBS Final Rule compliance information
-Extension of 6/15/20 directive regarding extension of Early Start services

Extension of Waivers, Modifications, and Directives due to COVID-19  (July 28, 2020)
-Extension of 3/30/20 additional participant-directed services 

Providing and Claiming for Nonresidential Services During the State of Emergency (July 17, 2020) - Superseded by 8/31/2020 directive

Enclosure A - Sample of Certification of Remote and Alternative Services Delivery

Enclosure B - Sample of Remote and Alternative Services Delivery Log

Enclosure C - Sample of Quarterly Report of Remote and Alternative Service Delivery for Nonresidential Services

Extension of Waivers, Modifications, and Directives due to COVID-19  (Amendments to Several Directives and Extension of Early Start Services) (July 15, 2020)

Extension of Waivers, Modifications, and Directives due to COVID-19 (Extension of Expiration Dates for Day Services for Consumers at High-Risk, Early Start In-Person Meetings and Remote Services, Lanterman Act In-Person Meetings, Health and Safety Waiver Exemptions) (July 10, 2020)

Criminal Background Checks for Self-Determination Program and Family Home Agencies (June 22, 2020) - Expired 7/31/2020

COVID-19 Request for Department of Justice Name Check (June 22, 2020)

Additional Guidance on Payments for Non-Residential Services During the State of Emergency(June 18, 2020)

Extension of Early Start Services (June 15, 2020) 

Availability of Personal Protective Equipment (June 8, 2020)

Extension and Rescission of Waivers, Modifications, and Directives due to COVID-19 (June 8, 2020)

Guidance for Fingerprint Clearance and Transfers (May 22, 2020)

Amended Requirements for Reporting Incidents Related to COVID-19 (May 22, 2020) - No expiration date; effective until rescinded

Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19 (May 18, 2020)

Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19  (May 8, 2020)

Additional Guidance on Payments for Non-Residential Services (May 7, 2020) 

Regional Center Messaging to Local Communities during COVID-19 Outbreak (May 1, 2020)

COVID-19 Resources for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (May 1, 2020)

Reporting Deaths Related To COVID-19 In SANDIS (April 16, 2020)

Training Resources for Residential Service Providers Hiring Direct Support Professionals (April 16, 2020)

Residential Facility Payments and Rates, Vendor Audits, HCBS Info, RBT Certification, CIE and Parental Fees (April 15, 2020) 

Lanterman Act Presumptive Eligibility Coding in SANDIS (April 3, 2020)

Extension of Waivers, Modifications and Directives due to COVID-19 (April 2, 2020)

Additional Participant-Directed Services (March 30, 2020) - Expiration date: 11/25/2020

Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment for COVID-19  (March 30, 2020)

Admissions and Discharges from State-Operated Facilities (March 25, 2020) - Expired 5/20/2020

Eligibility, In-Home Respite Workers and Family Fees (March 25, 2020)

Reporting Incidents Related to COVID-19 (March 25, 2020) - No expiration date; effective until rescinded

Immediate Risk Management Strategies for ARFPSHN and ICF/DD-CN (March 23, 2020) - No expiration date; effective until rescinded

Visits to Licensed Residential Facilities (March 23, 2020) - No expiration date: effective until rescinded

Regional Center Requests for Placements into Licensed Residential Settings (March 20, 2020) - Rescinded in 6/8/2020 directive

Fingerprint Clearance and Exemption Transfers (March 20, 2020)

Flexibility in Provision of Services and Supports for Consumers and Providers (March 18, 2020)

Regional Center Monitoring Staff and Activities (March 18, 2020)

Regional Center to Pay Vendors for Absences as a Result of COVID-19 (March 12, 2020) - DDS' authorization of retainer payments ended 8/31/2020 per DDS' 7/17/2020 directive

Consumers in a Day Program at High Risk for Serious Illness to Stay Home  (March 12, 2020) - Superseded by 8/10/2020 directive

Waiving Requirements for In-Person Early Start Eligibility, Services, or In-Person Individual Program Plan Meetings, Remote Electronic Delivery of Early Start Services, and Authority for Regional Centers to Approve Health & Safety Waiver Exemptions (March 12, 2020)

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